I'm scrounging wood for ribs of an umiak. Today I went out near Sacramento, California and found a couple of fallen trees that could be suitable: a valley oak and a black locust. I am wondering if folks here have experience with these specific species and can help me out.

Both woods are reputed to be durable and bend well. The black locust tree(s) I've found are all very straight, while the valley oak is twisted and spooky. Thus, I'd prefer to collect and use the locust. However, I've never heard of it being used for bending into ribs (mostly I hear about locust being used in knees and frames). Meanwhile, white oak is the classic go-to choice for steam-bent SOF ribs. Can someone with experience steam bending black locust say anything about its suitability?

Thanks in advance!